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Airlines told to make fuel tank changes

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WASHINGTON - The government will order airlines to install a system to reduce the chance of fuel tank explosions like the one that downed a TWA Boeing 747 in 1996, Federal Aviation Administration chief Marion Blakey said Tuesday.

The decision affects about 3,800 Boeing and Airbus aircraft operated by domestic airlines.

In the last 14 years there have been three fuel tank explosions, including the TWA accident, resulting in 346 deaths. Blakey said the new device could eliminate up to four accidents over the next 25 years.

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I heard about this too. It's expensive, but it'll save lives, so it's definately worth the cost.

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Cost shouldnt matter when it includes saving lifes. They should let them do it for free.

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Cost shouldnt matter when it includes saving lifes. They should let them do it for free.

Unfortunately, even when lives are at stake, cost is still an issue sometimes. It shouldn't be, but it is. That's what happens when companies get involved. Their objective is to make a profit at any cost.

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Unfortunately, even when lives are at stake, cost is still an issue sometimes. It shouldn't be, but it is. That's what happens when companies get involved. Their objective is to make a profit at any cost.

That is sad.

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